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ALA reveals ‘most frequently challenged books’ in 2016

The American Library Association (ALA) has released its list of most frequently challenged books in 2016.

Topping the list was This One Summer (Mariko Tamaki, illus by Jillian Tamaki), Drama (Raina Telgemeier), George (Alex Gino), I Am Jazz (Jessica Herthel & Jazz Jennings, illus by Shelagh McNicholas), Two Boys Kissing (David Levithan) and Looking for Alaska (John Green).

A challenge is defined as a formal, written complaint, filed with a library or school requesting that materials be removed because of content or appropriateness. Some of the common reasons cited are ‘offensive language’, ‘sexually explicit’, ‘unsuited for age group’ and ‘sex education’, while Bill Cosby’s ‘Little Bill’ series was challenged ‘because of criminal sexual allegations against the author’.

To see the full list of most frequently challenged books, click here.


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